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What era Halibrand wheels ?

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Starting to build some vintage style Model A's , T's and Deuces. I see a lot with Halibrand wheels . I want to keep mine as correct to the 30's - 50's era. I am thinking Halibrand came much later, maybe sometime in the 60"s . Any info appreciated.

Thanks Jon 

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Ted Halibrand first produced his magnesium wheels for Indy cars in 1946. So, you can go forward from that date.

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As Joe said, Halibrand started making alloy sprint and Indy car wheels in 1946. Other wheels and the famous quick-change rear-end center sections followed. As the early wheels were real race-car parts, pretty much only real racers and the well-heeled amateurs were running them in the beginning.

Here are a few links for further study:

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/article/the-heritage-of-halibrand/

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/halibrand-wheels-the-original-mag.1055968/

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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IIRC, the first design had no slots, and had ribs on the backside. People were running these on hot rods by 1950, definitely. People sometimes mounted them backwards with the ribs showing.

Tony Nancy's 22Jr roadster ran them reversed on the front. image.jpeg.58625fa953de292a01a3e6e68ed01fd1.jpeg

And the general design followed through and showed up again on the very special Halibrands on Micky Thompson's Challenger I. Similar wheels to those below are in the old AMT double-dragster kit, and the original Monogram hot-rod kit.

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5cf4735953627_Halibrandsmooth1.thumb.jpg.25b3d5153c17a2b7a8a1e7dec165db4c.jpg

 

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My current project has a Flatty with a SCOT  Blower, Ardun heads and a Harman-Collins magneto. This one is a "A" roadster with a track nose. I have Artillery wheels on it now, but was trying to plan my next project,  I like  the look of the Halibrands but want to keep it as era correct as I can 

These are the wheels I am interested in download.jpg.245d899467215b0e3aa10efe47781937.jpg

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1 hour ago, Jon Haigwood said:

...These are the wheels I am interested in download.jpg.245d899467215b0e3aa10efe47781937.jpg

The 5-slot "kidney-beans" were intro'd in 1955.

5cf495bc20ba9_Halibrandkidneybeans55.jpg.8c10f4493c171b3810a69e3e49261180.jpg

 

 

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Any interest in some E/T Dragmaster I just finished the mold for them. I can also cast them with an aluminum finish. Gonna try an cast the tires eventually.

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Thanks for the information. They should work for 55 and later era hot rods.  

I will keep them in mind Scott. Do have a web site to look at your offerings?

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16 hours ago, Jon Haigwood said:

My current project has a Flatty with a SCOT  Blower, Ardun heads and a Harman-Collins magneto. This one is a "A" roadster with a track nose. I have Artillery wheels on it now, but was trying to plan my next project,  I like  the look of the Halibrands but want to keep it as era correct as I can 

These are the wheels I am interested in download.jpg.245d899467215b0e3aa10efe47781937.jpg

These are pretty great sets- big and little:

https://www.scalemotorsport.com/3d-printed-torque-thrust-wheel-set-1-bigs-341.html

https://www.scalemotorsport.com/3d-printed-billet-wheel-set-1-littles.html

The price is not for the feint of heart and they don't include tires, but they are very nicely made.

logodhalibrand_f3q.jpg

Edited by gman

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4 hours ago, gman said:

These are pretty great sets- big and little:

https://www.scalemotorsport.com/3d-printed-torque-thrust-wheel-set-1-bigs-341.html

https://www.scalemotorsport.com/3d-printed-billet-wheel-set-1-littles.html

The price is not for the feint of heart and they don't include tires, but they are very nicely made.

logodhalibrand_f3q.jpg

Those are nice How are they on shipping ? Cost and delivery time ?

 

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12 hours ago, Jon Haigwood said:

Thanks for the information. They should work for 55 and later era hot rods.  

I will keep them in mind Scott. Do have a web site to look at your offerings?

You can find my stuff at https://action-modeler.com/ Will have these up soon, been focused on my 30 Model A build.

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19 hours ago, Jon Haigwood said:

Those are nice How are they on shipping ? Cost and delivery time ?

 

I bought mine at a local hobby shop, and did not order from Scale Motorsport.

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On 6/2/2019 at 8:36 PM, Ace-Garageguy said:

The 5-slot "kidney-beans" were intro'd in 1955.

5cf495bc20ba9_Halibrandkidneybeans55.jpg.8c10f4493c171b3810a69e3e49261180.jpg

 

 

Classic Halibrand "kidney bean" magnesium wheels!

Here's a set on a very ordinary 1959 Chevy ;) :

 

1959 Corvette XP-87 Stingray Racer + Elvis Presley Clambake (1967).jpg

Edited by blizzy63

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The AMT '28 Ford sedan, and early issues of the MPC '28 Ford roadster pickup and woody wagon (derived from the sedan kit) have a set of the early solid Halibrand wheels.  They are on the small side so they won't fit some newer tires.  They are probably best used with the tires from the Ford kits.

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